The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Breaking News

Local News

December 9, 2013

Jobless rate of 7.8% best in 2 years

MERCER COUNTY — Mercer County’s unemployment rate hit 7.8 percent in October, the best rate in nearly two years.

The state Department of Labor and Industry released the figures on Friday, showing this was the best rate the county has seen since December 2011 when the rate was 7.5 percent.

But the local rate was still above the national 7.3 percent rate and the state 7.5 percent rate for October.

Mercer County ranked 42nd out of 67 counties in Pennsylvania, tied with Clarion, Lawrence and Mifflin counties, in terms of having the best unemployment rate.

Highlights from October in Mercer County show that the civilian labor force nudged down to 53,200, a drop of 100 from September, while those employed fell to 49,000, a drop of 800 over the same period.

The number of unemployed dropped to 4,100 in October, down by 400 from September.

Goods-producing remained steady at 10,000 jobs in October with service-producing jobs hitting 41,400, up 700 jobs. The job gains in service-producing were seen in retail trade, financial activities, education and health services and local government.

While 7.8 is good in terms of the past five years, from a much longer historical perspective the figure is still high. Yet, the October figure does reflect significant improvement from the depths of the recession when rates in 2009 and 2010 were continually in double digits.

That wasn’t lost on Randy Seitz, CEO of Penn-Northwest Development Corp., Mercer County’s lead economic development agency. Hired two years ago, Seitz said he was given a mission with three key items: Reduce the unemployment rate, stop the population from shrinking and keep well-educated students in the area.

“The unemployment rate is very important to us,’’ Seitz said. “I’m not egotistical enough to believe that the impact of a lower unemployment rate was all due to us. But I do know we have had some impact.’’

New companies entering the county such as Noise Solutions in Sharon and Precision Cast Parts in Greenville have all contributed to adding jobs, he noted. This is far, far different from just two or three years ago when the county and nation were mired in a recession.

“Companies weren’t spending then – they weren’t even talking about plans for spending,’’ Seitz said.

In just the past year that’s changed sharply. Penn-Northwest has spoken to 120 businesses about locating to the area with 13 of those actually visiting sites here and seven setting up shop.

“That’s a huge indication that if the recession isn’t exactly over, it’s on the verge of being over,’’ he said.

Elsewhere in the state, Cameron had the highest unemployment rate at 11.1 percent, while Montour had the lowest at 5.4 percent.

Surrounding counties’ jobless rates were:

• Lawrence, 7.8 percent

• Crawford, 7.3 percent

• Venango, 7.7 percent

• Butler, 6.1 percent

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Wildlife fund for park Aiding Buhl Farm animals

    Some of Steven Jubelirer’s fondest memories of his mother, Natalie, was when they would walk together in Buhl Farm park, Hermitage.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • News briefs from April 15, 2014

    Man charged with attack on his wife in Walmart

    Woman arrested for stabbing man with knife

    3 injured in pickup-motorcycle crash

    April 15, 2014

  • Judge orders Marin removed from ballot

    Saying the testimony of Congressional candidate Mel Marin of Sharon wasn’t credible, the Commonwealth Court has ordered Marin’s name removed from the Democratic Party’s ballot for one of area’s congressional seats in the May primary because Marin now has less than the required 1,000 valid signatures.

    April 15, 2014

  • Fire ruled accident, but cause unknown

    The fire in Greenville-Reynolds Industrial Park was most likely started by workers who were gutting the building, according to a deputy fire marshal.

    April 15, 2014

  • Mertz Tower fire Mertz tenant charged with arson

    A tenant who was being evicted from her apartment because of bizarre behavior is accused of setting her sofa ablaze at Wade D. Mertz Towers in Sharpsville.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tickled reflexology and pedicure salon Crafting a new downtown

    We’ll know better five years from now what lasting impact public interest in the arts and boutique shopping had in efforts to revitalize downtown Sharon with small businesses.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Have van, need drivers to serve elderly

    April 14, 2014

  • Jim Raykie column photo Technology aside, constant has been serving community

    Wow ... I was thinking about The Herald’s 150th birthday during the weekend, and realized that I’m getting old – I’ve been here for more than a quarter of that century and a half.

     

     

     

     

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • The Herald, 1941 Herald marks 150th year

    The Herald today, April 14, celebrates 150 years of serving area readers and advertisers.

    April 14, 2014 2 Photos

  • Attorneys preparing work for murder trial

    Emerging from his chambers after about two hours of meeting with attorneys in Ralph L. Young’s murder case, Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher J. St. John thanked spectators for their patience in waiting for the public portion of the hearing.

    April 13, 2014

  • Funds tapped for child advocacy centers

    Rooms fashioned to give child abuse victims a non-threatening place to tell their stories now have steady funding, at the suggestion of a task force created in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

    April 13, 2014

  • $35M upgrade planned for tube plant

    Wheatland Tube Co.’s Council Avenue plant in Wheatland is going to get a $35 million upgrade, the company announced Saturday morning.

    April 13, 2014

  • Fire wall Wooden structure was origin of industrial blaze

    The fire in Greenville-Reynolds Industrial Park that damaged several buildings points to human error, but a construction feature from another era may have kept the damage from being much worse.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • Dave King looks at remnants Fire’s cause points to ‘human error’

    A mammoth fire that swept through Greenville-Reynolds Industrial Park on Friday was blamed on “human error’’ with preliminary damage estimates between $2 and $3 million.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • Man gets prison term for assaults on baby, man

    There’s a lot Sheila Gardner hasn’t known about her son and she’s not proud of some of what she has learned.

    April 12, 2014